Sunday, July 27, 2014

UCAPAN BARU BIAN SEMPENA HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI 2014


Salam sejahtera,
Pada perayaan yang bermakna ini, saya ingin mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada semua penganut Islam khususnya yang berada di Sarawak. Perayaan ini sinonim dengan hari meraikan kemenangan setelah sebulan berpuasa di bulan ramadhan. Maka, saya berharap perayaan ini diraikan dengan penuh rasa kegembiraan atas tanda kesyukuran ke atas kurniaan-Nya. Saya juga berharap negara kita akan terus dirahmati dan diberkati Tuhan yang Maha Esa.
            Pada baru-baru ini, kita diberi dugaan yang begitu besar dengan berlakunya tragedi MH 17. Dalam menghadapi saat yang genting buat negara kita, sebagai rakyat Malaysia kita haruslah bersatu padu dan berganding-bahu dalam mengharungi ujian yang getir buat negara tercinta kita. Marilah kita semua menjadikan tragedi ini sebagai suatu peringatan untuk sentiasa menjalani kehidupan dengan penuh rasa kesyukuran. Sesungguhnya segala kemewahan yang kita nikmati adalah  kurniaan-Nya dan setiap dugaan mempunyai hikmah, kita perlu sentiasa berpegang teguh dengan ajaran agama supaya tidak terpesong dari jalan yang benar. Dalam bulan syawal ini juga, amalan bersedekah amat ditekankan. Bak kata pepatah, “berat sama dipikul, ringan sama dijinjing”, amalan ini sememangnya harus dipraktikkan kerana rezeki itu perlu dikongsikan dengan mereka yang memerlukan.
Saudara dan saudari,
            Di negara kita, setiap perayaan termasuklah Hari Raya Aidilfitri bukanlah perayaan semata-mata tetapi merupakan sebuah wadah bagi mengeratkan silaturahim antara satu sama lain kerana perayaan ini turut disambut oleh golongan bukan melayu. Sebagai warganegara Malaysia, kita haruslah menghargai dan meraikan kepelbagaian yang unik ini agar rakyat Malaysia boleh terus hidup dalam keamanan. Kita perlu sentiasa bertindak dengan berpaksikan fikiran yang melepasi sempadan perkauman. Sudah tiba masanya kita membuang segala perasaan syak wasangka sesama kita bak kata pepatah, “ambil yang jernih, buang yang keruh”. Cukuplah dengan sentimen perkauman yang dimainkan oleh pihak-pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab, jangan pula sampai keamanan negara dipertaruhkan. Maka, dengan ini saya menyeru semua agar mengambil kesempatan di bulan yang mulia ini untuk ziarah-menziarahi jiran tertangga bagi menyemarakkan lagi semangat perpaduan dalam diri kita.
            Akhir kata, kita harus sentiasa belajar dari sejarah hitam bagi membina semula dan memperkukuhkan menara kedamaian agar Malaysia akan terus gah perkasa dalam relung jiwa rakyatnya. Maka, di hari yang mulia ini, marilah kita sama-sama berdoa agar keamanan yang kita nikmati pada hari ini akan berpanjangan dan berkekalan.
Dengan ini, saya mengakhiri ucapan saya dengan sekali lagi mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri Minal Aidil Walfaizin. Maaf zahir dan batin.

Baru Bian
ADUN N70 Ba’ Kelalan


Saturday, July 26, 2014

BARU BIAN: PR SHOULD LOOK BEYOND HUDUD ISSUE


25 JULY 2014
PRESS STATEMENT

Firstly, let me say to our PR supporters how sorry I am about the widespread anxieties and anger amongst them this week that the PR looked to be on the verge of breaking down, with the DAP threatening to pull out of the coalition. Everyone should rest assured that we will do our utmost to ensure that the PR coalition remains intact and that our differences be worked out amongst ourselves.

On PKR’s part, I have made our stand on hudud very clear, that it should not be implemented in Sarawak. More importantly, the Chief Minister had, on 15 May 2014, in the Dewan Undangan Negeri declared that hudud will not be implemented in Sarawak. This announcement received widespread coverage in the news, and it was also reported that YB CJ Chong stood up to support the Chief Minister’s stand.

The Chief Minister that day spoke as the Chairman of BN Sarawak and the leader of the government with 54 state assemblymen on his side. More significantly, he spoke as a Malay leader. The Chief Minister’s word on this issue should be good enough for us. In my view, it is unnecessary to ‘flog a dead horse’ when we should be focusing on other issues affecting the people.

Our Chief Minister is the only BN leader who has declared that hudud will not be implemented in our state. In this regard, we are so much better off than the other states in Peninsula Malaysia. My only reservation, of course, is that MAIS and JAIS have yet to state their stand as to whether they are behind the Chief Minister on this.

The injudicious threat by DAP Sarawak arose from events in the nation’s capital. Hudud is essentially a national issue. It would have been more appropriate for the leaders in state DAP to privately petition their party leaders to persuade PAS national leaders to change their stance instead of playing up the issue here, knowing full well that the local PAS leaders are unable to depart from their party positions.

I will be the first to admit that as a non-Muslim, I probably do not fully understand the significance of hudud to the Muslims although I realise that hudud is central to Islamic values. I do try to, where the opportunity arises. For instance, my junior lawyers and I attended the seminar on hudud that was organised recently by the Islamic Information Centre to improve our understanding of hudud so that we are better equipped to engage in any discussions that may arise on the matter. For us to demand that PAS members announce publicly that they reject the notion of hudud is rather illogical and insensitive to our partner’s positions. Bearing in mind our strong stance that Malaysians of other faiths be accorded their constitutional rights to practice the religion of their choice, we must accordingly respect the rights of Muslims to observe and uphold their Islamic values.

Another factor to consider is that the two-party system is already in place after years of hard-fought battles by the PR coalition. Because of this, Malaysians finally have a real possibility of changing government. People are seeing the PR coalition as a viable alternative – 51% voted for us, after all, in the 2013 General Elections. With the threat of DAP Sarawak pulling out of PR, we are risking the collapse of the whole PR coalition nationwide and laying waste to the efforts of so many of our leaders, including their great statesman the late Karpal Singh. What is there to stop other state PR component parties from doing the same, if DAP Sarawak carries out its threat?

Even if the national PR remains intact should DAP Sarawak withdraw from PR, where will that leave them? The national DAP will still be with PR but not the state DAP? It is a certainty that the state BN will point out the awkward position the leadership of DAP Sarawak is in, that they are still in the PR coalition and working with PAS. Will the DAP Sarawak then have to cut the umbilical cord linking them with the national DAP?

It has already been announced many times by our national leaders that hudud is not in the agenda of the PR coalition, even if it is a PAS aspiration. We cannot escape from the fact that this is one of the core aims of PAS. Hudud has been on their agenda since 1994 when the Kelantan State Assembly passed it into law. At that time, the PR coalition had not been formed. Clinging on to the issue like a dog with a bone and harping about it is doing no favours for anyone, unless it is a political strategy that DAP Sarawak leadership in their wisdom have formulated, in which case, we stand to be advised.

In my considered view, it is better that the PR component parties focus on the many issues which are more relevant to the people, and continue to bring our message of change to the ground. Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim has just unveiled our 7 heads of promises for Sarawak – we should be concentrating on these positive issues and preparing for the forthcoming state elections instead of wasting our energy bickering about the hudud issue, which for Sarawak, should be a non-issue.

Once again, I assure our loyal friends and supporters that we will not let this incident cause the breakup of a relationship built up over a long period by the efforts of so many. Pakatan Rakyat Sarawak will remain intact and we will continue our quest to fight for a better Sarawak for Sarawakians.

I wish our Muslim friends Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Maaf Zahir dan Batin.

BARU BIAN
CHAIRMAN
PKR SARAWAK


Global NGOs tell Malaysia to sign Rome Statute

11:40AM Jul 25, 2014
MH17 Bangkok-based Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) says it has been advocating tirelessly for Malaysia to ratify the Rome Statute.

It added that had Malaysia done so, it could easily refer the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 to an international accountability mechanism.

The regional coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Coalition of the CICC, Amielle Del Rosario, said the coalition has worked for years supporting local partners, such as the Bar Council, to raise awareness that Malaysia has nothing to fear from becoming a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"Indeed, there has been great hope, especially since 2011, that Malaysia will soon ratify the Rome Statute and our regular engagement with the government has been positive with it continuing to reiterate its commitment to the principles and the establishment of the CICC," Del Rosario (right) said in an email interview with Malaysiakini.

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court established the ICC, which was adopted at a diplomatic conference in Rome on July 17, 1998, and the ICC entered into force on July 1, 2002.

The ICC established four core international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression, all of which “shall not be subject to any statute of limitations”.

Downing of MH17 'a war crime'

Yesterday, Malaysian Bar Council Human Rights Committee co-chairperson Andrew Khoo said the downing of the Flight MH17 at the Russian-Ukraine border on the night of July 17 could be deemed a war crime.

Pointing out relevant sections of the Rome Statute, Khoo said these could be helpful in nailing the perpetrators who shot down the Boeing 777 aircraft, killing all 298 on board, including 15 crew members and many children.

Khoo (right) said this in response to PKR Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, who urged Malaysia to speedily sign the Rome Statute so that the incident of the ill-fated MH17 could be taken to the ICC to seek justice for the victims and their families.

Meanwhile, the New-York based Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) said if Malaysia and Ukraine were state parties to the ICC, the Rome Statute would have applied, as the alleged shooting down of MH17 was committed in both the territories - the sky under Ukrainian jurisdiction and the aircraft, which is the extended national territory under Malaysian jurisdiction.

ICC cannot automatically launch probe

However, the ICC cannot automatically launch a full-fledged investigation, as "intent and knowledge" are required to prove a case to be a war crime for it to be taken up under Article 30 of the Rome Statute, PGA secretary-general David Donat Cattin said.

"But if intent and knowledge on the part of the alleged perpetrator(s) can be proven, then I am sure that such an horrible crime can be brought to justice as it not only may constitute a war crime, but also endanger general interest and public good, which is the safety of international civilian aviation," Cattin said.

"Hopefully, the relevant investigations carried out by non-judicial bodies will not end up in finding out that this was a 'tragic mistake of fact'.

"Such a finding would become a tragedy within the tragedy," he said.

Cattin (left) said PGA is determined to continue to work with Malaysian MPs, from both government and opposition, to bring about a successful ICC process in the country.

“It was a parliamentary question of Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran in April 2010 that caused then law minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz to decide to come to Kampala and participate in the 6th Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the ICC and the Rule of Law,” Cattin said.

He said PGA held the Asia-Pacific ICC Parliamentary Conference in Kuala Lumpur in March 2011 and that in April that year, the Malaysian cabinet agreed in principle to ratify the Rome Statute.

However, the process has stalled because Parliament must adopt a domestic legislation to implement the Rome Statute into Malaysia law, before the cabinet can ratify the instrument, Cattin said.

“Until now, the Attorney-General's Chambers has not produced the required draft to be approved by cabinet for sending to Parliament,” he added in an email interview with Malaysiakini.
~ Malaysiakini

Top UK ‘Think Tank’ Staged BN’s Latest PR Stunt On Palm Oil – INVESTIGATION

Top UK ‘Think Tank’ Staged BN’s Latest PR Stunt On Palm Oil – INVESTIGATION
Alfred Jabu flew out Sarawakians to dress up as grateful "rural folk" and parade at the IEA as people who had benefitted from SALCRA
Alfred Jabu flew out Sarawakians to dress up as grateful “rural folk” and parade at the IEA as people who had benefitted from SALCRA

23 July 2014. 
The prominent London-based free market ‘think tank’, the Institute of Economic Affairs, has been put in an embarrassing position over an apparent conflict of interest, thanks to remarks by Sarawak’s Deputy Chief Minister, Alfred Jabu.

Jabu, in a speech earlier this week, boasted about his “world-wide acknowledgement” by the Institute, thanks to being granted a platform in January, at the launch of a supposedly independent report on palm oil, commissioned by the IEA.

Sarawak Report has now investigated the matter and uncovered compromising links between the on-going PR campaigns sponsored by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and this IEA report.

The report, entitled “Commercial Agriculture: Cure or Curse? Malaysian and African Experience Contrasted”, reflects the arguments of the MPOC and praises the Malaysian palm oil industry, claiming it “has a good record with regards to sustainability”:
 “Certainly, some loss of forest and wildlife habitat has occurred as a result of the expansion of agriculture, including oil palm, in Malaysia, but the extent of this loss appears to have been exaggerated. The majority of palm oil plantations are located on the Malaysian mainland peninsula – nowhere near the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo where the Borneo orang-utans are to be found. Over 50 per cent of Malaysia’s land area remains under forest cover and many areas are given full protection against logging”[IEA Report, October 2013]
Massive deforestation - the reality of Sarawak's oil palm industry
Massive deforestation – the reality of Sarawak’s oil palm industry
The author of the report, which clearly defies all the known evidence about this most rapidly deforested area on the planet, is a member of the Institute’s own Editorial Board, Keith Boyfield, who told Sarawak Report that the entire report was commissioned by the IEA, which published it as a ‘discussion paper’.

Yet Boyfield, who operates his own consultancy, has enjoyed two recent trips to Sarawak, funded by none other than the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC).

Not only that, it turns out that Boyfield was accompanied on at least one of these occasions by senior staff of the IEA, including the chief operating officer, Glynn Brailsford, who also enjoyed the hospitality of the MOPC.

And their chief host on these trips?  None other than Boyfield’s fellow panellist at the IEA event, Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu, the Chairman of the controversial SALCRA (Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority)!
Keith's Malaysian Government host Alfred Jabu enjoying a platform at the IEA with the launch of its research on palm oil
Keith’s Malaysian Government host Alfred Jabu enjoying a platform at the IEA with the launch of its ‘research paper’ on palm oil

Only natural!
Boyfield has confirmed to Sarawak Report that his trip was funded by the Malaysian Government:
“We got an invitation from the Malaysian Government….They [the MPOC] certainly were responsible for organising some of it. That was the background. The study was commissioned by the IEA”
When informed that there have been a number of PR drives of this nature by the MPOC, Boyfield appeared to contradict the IEA’s ethical guidelines, which bann government sponsorship and tied funding, saying:
“Well that’s only natural!”
He also confirmed he was hosted and escorted by SALCRA to their own plantations. SALCRA has forced thousands of native customary land owners into statutory ‘joint ventures’ with the state government to grow palm oil with highly controversial outcomes.

The trip in April 2012 was variously described in Sarawak’s government controlled media as a “press trip” (Borneo Post), a trip of “international experts” (Star) and as “a visit by an 8 member delegation of the IEA” (Sarawak Monitor)

Hearing SALCRA's side of the story - but was this genuine or "tied" research?
Hearing SALCRA’s side of the story – but was this genuine or “tied” research? [The Star Archive]

Rock solid rules on ‘tied funding’

These visits and links to the Malaysian Palm Oil Council by the author of the report and “fellow” of the IEA clearly breech the purpose of the Institute’s own “rock solid rules” against any “tied funding” to research or government sponsorship, as explained by a spokeswoman for the Institute this week:
in terms of our funding we don’t take any tied money, so the paper would have been commissioned purely on the merit of the work that is in it.  And again we don’t accept any money from government or government agencies” 
Responding to our queries, the spokeswoman admitted that given the clear involvement of the MPOC and Jabu in Boyfield’s research and the IEA’s own compromising links, “it is a very complex and inter-twined matter”.

She added “I understand obviously that it may be the case that the conclusions in Keith’s paper aren’t necessarily a true reflection of how things are, and that may well be to do with a number of other factors, but in terms of the relations we have, we did not take any tied money”.
Posing as representatives of SALCRO "smallholders" at the IEA
Posing as representatives of SALCRO “smallholders” at the IEA
It is a weak position to take and the Institute’s will have been further embarrassed by the fact that Jabu and the Malaysian Palm Oil Council have not hesitated to extract maximum positive PR from both the IEA visits to Borneo and the resulting return trip to London to launch the IEA’s positive report on Malaysia’s record.

‘Native smallholders’ flown to the UK
To take advantage of the IEA event the MPOC flew over three “Sarawak smallholders” to join Alfred Jabu on stage.

The MPOC named the trio on their promotional ‘faces of palm oil’ Facebook page, as Thomas Lamit, Rebecca Lambet and Briku Busang.

All three dressed up in tribal costume for the evening, in order to present themselves to the British onlookers as delighted native beneficiaries of the SALCRA ‘joint venture’ programmes.

Later, the same trio dressed in ordinary clothes, posed outside the Houses of Parliament to record a You Tube video, in which they took turns to condemn NGOs and to boast how they now have new homes and cars, thanks to oil palm and SALCRA.

This video, entitled ‘Human Faces of Palm Oil’, was sponsored by SALCRA and the MPOC.  In it the lead speaker claims, untruthfully, that “palm oil cultivation in Sarawak is done on land already cleared long ago, so there is no destruction of forest”.
Apologists for SALCRA attacking NGOs in London
Malaysian Government funded this “smallholder’s” trip to the UK to attend the IEA event and produce promotional material on oil palm
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In the same video Rebecca Lambet describes her own family’s rich new lifestyle, including multiple car ownership.

These are circumstances that bear little relation to the reality of life for most dirt poor Dayaks living on SALCRA plantations.

Furthermore, these PR friendly “smallholders’” are noticeably advanced English-speakers, considering they are supposed to be rural folk.

Despite the IEA’s attempt to distance themselves from “tied funding” these ‘faces of palm oil’ clearly had their trip funded by the Malaysian public.

PR dividends for the Malaysian Oil Palm Industry 

It is therefore clear is that Keith Boyfeild and his IEA event have just provided the latest platform for yet another publicly funded publicity stunt by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council in their on-going ‘greenwash campaign’ promoting palm oil.

And the MPOC generated publicity around Boyfield’s Sarawak visits wholly undermines any attempts by the IEA to claim distance or objectivity for their research.
Boyfield and Jabu on his 'press trip' in 2012.  He lavished praise to the Sarawak media about BN's record in Sarawak and attacked foreign criticism about human rights and the environment.
Boyfield (3rd left) and Jabu on his ‘press trip’ in 2012. In the article he lavished praise on BN’s record in Sarawak, saying it was time to “correct misperceptions in western countries”

For example, during his MPOC funded visit in 2012, Boyfield was quoted extensively by the KTS-owned Borneo Post (below), who portrayed him as a senior international journalist, relentlessly praising the Sarawak state government and its record on logging, oil palm and the environment:
“The state government should do more to promote the positive things it has been doing with regards to nature conservation to correct misperceptions, especially among western countries…Keith Boyfield, the spokesperson for a delegation of foreign media to the state, said…
Sarawak oil palm expert, thanks to his week long trip?
Sarawak oil palm expert, thanks to his week long trip?
He opined that at the moment Sarawak had been too modest in its campaign to tell the world about its conservation efforts, and because of that it had been subjected to criticisms particularly in Britain and Europe about the way oil palm plantations were being developed here…
“Most of the things we hear about are always threats to the habitats and also constant theme of the elimination of mangrove swamps and rainforests when in actual fact that doesn’t appear to be the case,” he said...
Boyfield, who is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and other leading newspapers and journals including Financial Centres International, said before this there had been a lot of criticisms in Great Britain and Europe about the way oil palm plantations were being developed in Malaysia and Indonesia…
“There also have been sort of view from people in Britain that Malaysians or the people of Sarawak are cutting down all the virgin rainforests and eliminating the habitats for mammals like orang utans so that they could grow oil palm,” he noted.
He explained that the purpose of the delegation was basically to see with their own eyes whether some of the claims and accusations made in the western media corresponded to reality, saying what they discovered proved that those reports were untrue.”[Borneo Post 28/4/12]
Boyfield’s quoted opinions on these matters appear to have been furnished by his week long visit, hosted by SALCRA and being shown round SALCRA plantations by Alfred Jabu. They contradict widely known facts and betray a lack of genuine investigation on the ground.

Indeed his own reports on Twitter at the time focused less on the conditions in dirt poor Dayak longhouses and more on his sponsored accommodation in the Taib family’s Hilton Hotel!

Report from the ground? - excited tweets from Boyfield about his luxury experience of Sarawak.
Report from the ground? – excited tweets from Boyfield about his luxury experience of Sarawak in Kuching’s Hilton

A bit of time in the interior of Sarawak would surely have informed Mr Boyfield a little better, because according more quotes in the Borneo Post, he then came out with the astonishing claim that the state’s oil palm plantations were merely conversions from the traditional rubber plantations and that the virgin jungle remains intact!
“This is because from what we see so far is it appeared that your palm oil plantations have actually switched from other commodities such as rubber and now you have been cultivating palm oil instead of other commodities.
“It is not so much of you cutting down lots of primary rainforest as claimed by some western media,” he [Boyfield] commented [Borneo Post]
Fact check for Keith Boyfield

These remarks by Boyfield were repeated throughout the Sarawak media at the time and also later when the IEA report was produced.

One widely disseminated article was entitled “British experts say criticisms from foreign NGOs on environment are exaggerated”:

British experts say criticisms from foreign NGOs on environment are exaggerated

“The Institute of Economic Appeal (IEA) has produced a report entitled “Commercial Agriculture: Is It A Cure Or A Curse, Malaysian and African Experience Constructed” by Keith Boyfield.  

The report highlights the roles played by SALCRA in spearheading a move to develop native customary right land into commercial plantation….This very favorable report was produced by The Institute of Economic Appeal an Independent Body following a visit by its 8-member delegation to Sarawak sometime in April 2012, 

During the visit, members of the delegation led by Mr. Keith Boyfield had dialogue sessions and discussions with members of local business community, representatives of statutory bodies and general public including participants in the land development schemes. 

They visited Palm Oil Plantation at Sungai Stengang in Stungkur, conducted interviews with many SALCRA scheme participants and visited Palm Oil Mill. After visiting Sarawak they visited Peninsular Malaysia for the same purpose.
Great PR material for BN's cyber-bloggers
Great PR material for BN’s cyber-bloggers

To the contrary, we suggest it is time that Boyfield shook off the MOPC, took a more independent visit and checked his facts.

Because, this expert of one week was soon engaging in public debates and making his ignorance plain – claiming for example that “property rights are pretty well respected in Malaysia” and that the concept of Land Grabs is too “emotive” and “nuanced” with respect to the oil palm debate.

Academic tour or the usual tourist junket courtesy of the Sarawak government ?
Academic tour or the usual tourist junket courtesy of the Sarawak government ?

Mr Boyfield should contact Sarawak’s expert native land rights lawyers, who have seen numerous court victories ignored by the state government and outfits like SALCRA, and think again.

No immigrant workers?
Boyfield has also claimed that during his ‘academic visit’ to Sarawak he observed that everyone he met working on oil palm plantations was a local person and not a migrant worker! 
In Sarawak it strikes me because traditionally its been a much poorer part of Malaysia than the peninsula they’re able to recruit locally”. 
Mr Boyfield should contact any of the grassroots indigenous groups, who could tell him of the major problem with respect to the vast immigrant labour force in Sarawak and the uneconomic wages for local people, even on their own SALCRA “smallholdings”, and then speak again.

Great dividends from SALCRA?
In yet another article, promoting his concept that the Malaysian Palm Oil Industry should be encouraged to expand into Africa for the benefit of the world poor, Boyfield even plays the SALCRA ‘dividend game’, ie spouting big figures without finishing the maths:
“In Sarawak, standards of living have been transformed by commercial agri-business… Farmers associated with SALCRA, a group set up to develop native land rights in Sarawak, have earned $163m individend payments since 1985″ [Keith Boyfield, The Enquirer, Liberia]
Given Boyfield himself acknowledges that there are around 22,000 SALCRA members, this sum in fact calculates over the 30 year period to about $200 a year per family, in return for the sacrifice of their rightful native lands and forests to the government controlled ‘joint ventures’, managed by Alfred Jabu.
World's worst CEO? Ordinary shareholders have gained little from SALCRA - only BN cronies and himself have profited
World’s worst CEO? Ordinary shareholders have gained little from SALCRA – only BN cronies and himself have profited

As everyone in Sarawak knows, the smallholders from SALCRA have received virtually nothing in return for the surrender of their lands and that Jabu’s dividends have been paltry compared to the rich profits made by privately run oil palm ventures.

Neither did these native customary rights land owners receive one ringgit from the huge sums raised out of logging the timber from their lands to make way for the SALCRA palm oil plantations (less than 5% of virgin forest remains in Sarawak – just another fact check for Mr Boyfield).

Only government ministers, like Alfred Jabu and their cronies, have raked in hundreds of millions from the land grab policies of the State of Sarawak.  The Dayak remain as poor as ever.

Attacking NGOs
MPOC was about to hire FBC Media, before SR exposed their illegal activities
MPOC was about to hire FBC Media, before SR exposed their illegal activities and closed them down
But rather than check his facts and balance his arguments, this British consultant has chosen instead to adopt the Malaysian Palm Oil’s obsession with attacking NGOs.

In Malaysia free speech and independent opinion are treated like crimes by BN politicians, who find all criticism highly damaging, since they usually can’t answer it.

But, why should a British onlooker condemn legitimate concerns raised by NGOs in the same way?

This week, when Jabu again went on the attack over native protests against Sarawak’s latest dam building and ‘industrialisation programme’, the DCM as ever blamed “selfish foreign NGOs who are being paid” for “inciting” them.

He revealed his own paid for PR in the process:
“From overseas they get support from negative NGOs, but these people from overseas what do they know about our internal potential? I went over to London last January at the invitation of the Institute of Economic Affairs to be one of the panel speakers whereby my presentation to overseas has been acknowledged worldwide by the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. And I have been invited again to go to Belgium to tell the NGOs in Europe about our need to survive. Our own people, not because of the selfishness of the NGOs who are being paid, I know i’ve got records, by countries they collect money to finance the NGOs to disturb us here and I’m going to fight that, for the sake of Sarawak.”  [recorded speech] 
Sarawak Report will investigate Jabu’s Belgium event.  But, meanwhile why has Mr Boyfield has adopted the same anti-NGO line in his supportive articles for the MPOC?
“GLOBAL food security and the need to save Africa’s poor from starvation have dominated international discussions for decades, and were key themes at the latest G8 summit. Yet the goal has triggered a raft of accusations from campaigning NGOs that business is guilty of “land grabs” across tropical Africa. The Guardian’s George Monbiot, for example, claims that we are about to witness “a new set of agreements that allow foreign companies to grab [Africa's] land, patent their seeds and monopolise their food markets. This is scaremongering of the worst order and symptomatic of an ill-thought out attack on capitalism’s role as a generator of prosperity.”[Keith Boyfield, The Enquirer]
FBC Media would have been proud of all this from Mr Boyfield – they were the last British champions for the MOPC and they adopted exactly the same theme in their “Develop or Die” series, which was later disowned by the BBC.

But, when Ministers like Alfred Jabu start hurling unsubstantiated accusations about “paid NGOs”, engaged by foreign powers to undermine Malaysia, someone should remind him about the millions of ringgit that are being wasted by the Malaysian Government itself on engaging this sort of blatant PR from consultants like Keith Boyfield.

It is always public money wasted, because people like Boyfield always get rumbled.
[Sarawak Report is still awaiting promise clarifications by the IEA, in response to our critique of its "complex and intertwined" relationship with the MOPC]

~ Sarawak Report